NEWS AND VIEWS

Our Newsletter, News & Views contains a message from the President, minutes from our last meeting, list of activities, reports on recent events, history and classifieds. We also feature a cover car with a bio. This car was featured in a recent issue.


September 2017 Newsletter:
Irenee DuPont, Jr.

My wife gave me this brand new 1956 Volkswagon Convertible for three reasons: (l) – It was our twelfth Wedding Anniversary. (2) – I kept borrowing her car every time I needed to drive fellow employees or customers. (3) – The dog often slept in my old car, so it didn’t smell very nice. This Volkswagon opened a whole new automotive world. A small car is fun to drive. A convertible is fun to drive. Getting the maximum power from a small engine is fun too. Its first six years were almost trouble-free. A broken valve at 78000 miles restored to me the joys of hunting junkyards for parts. Amateurs can easily remove & repair that little engine.


August 2017 Newsletter:
Bob & Kat Iezzi

My need for speed arrived in the form of a new 2001 Corvette, maroon colored, six-speed manual transmission, in the fall of 2000. Chevy, claiming the Vette could reach a top speed of 175 mph, was an inspiration - so I rented time on the Pocono Raceway. After a few practice laps, the Pocono Raceway instructor gave me the thumbs up! I must admit the concept of braking before the turn and accelerating in the turn was a bit troublesome, but didn’t slow me down as I hit 140 mph in 4th gear. Adrenalin pumping, plenty of peddle left and two more gears, I could not let myself slow down (as my instructor was yelling!) until the last second before the turn! Well… suffice to say, I left the Pocono Raceway several hundred dollars poorer and frustrated I did not top 140 mph. Fast forward … my wife and are driving the Vette to Arizona. On the lonely, flat, straight, great visibility Kansas Turnpike, inspiration struck again. I knew this was a once in a lifetime opportunity for the Vette to stretch her legs. My wife, from the Midwest, reminded me the State Patrol likes to hide in the tall, prairie grasses. I said, “No way, we haven’t seen a car in hours.” I hit the peddle. 1st gear, 2nd gear, 3rd gear, 4th gear, hitting 140 mph and still accelerating (along with my pulse!) and two more gears to go! I am flying! Finally, I am on my way to 175 mph! …Wait! What? Sirens and flashing lights in the rear distance? Nooooooo. The State Patrol does hide in the tall prairie grasses! Ooohh,… I pull over. Explaining to the Officer why I am going 140 plus mph on the KS Turnpike, I told him of my desire to test the Vette to her capacity, my story of the Pocono Raceway, and that I am quite the ordinary safe driver. The Officer, after a quick check, acknowledges I have a clean driving record, and appreciates I actually told him the truth. He does not appreciate the 140mph! However, the Officer does tell me instead of confiscating my car and throwing me in jail (and leaving my wife stranded in Kansas!) he will issue the ticket at 120 mph, I can mail in the $562.00 (ouch!) fine, and my wife and I can continue our vacation ….. together! As my sweaty hand accepts the ticket, I realize the Red Rocket (as I affectionally call my beloved Vette) and I will likely never experience 175 mph, and… I also will not know the inside of a Kansas jail cell!


July 2017 Newsletter:
George Beebe

Having been without a Woodie for over 7 years, I decided to change my luck! So, who do you call when you want a Woodie? Lou Mandich of course, he usually knows where to get a Woodie and he didn’t let me down (my wife affectionately refers to Lou as the “car Satan”). He mentioned a 1940 Chevy that just didn’t do it to me and he also mentioned an owner that he thought wanted to sell his 1935 Ford Station Wagon Deluxe. I eventually got through to the Ford owner and he did in fact want to get rid of his Woodie and pass it along to me! Like any Woodie worth its’ salt, there was a price to be paid but I am happy to pay it for a good Woodie. The seller had bought it in 1992 and it had been shown at Hershey in 2012 receiving a 2nd (hydraulic brakes replaced the original mechanical brakes). The seller had also added a Columbia rear. Lou was a great help in getting me lined up with a transporter to bring it down to me in Florida. The Last Chance Garage also gave it the once over and made some adjustments and minor repairs before it shipped out. I am looking forward to once again showing off my Woodie to anyone who wants to see it, it’s a beauty!


June 2017 Newsletter:
Ed & Anne Hillbush

Meet The Hilbush’s Anne and Ed will celebrate their 48th wedding anniversary on October 22, 2015. We have always had some sort of old car in the garage and toured with our local car club, hauling 5 kids, on weekends and 3 and 4 day tours. In 2007, we attended our first Glidden and we were hooked. On that tour we took our 1935 4door conv. Sedan. In 2008, we took the ‘35 to Lacrosse, WI. We renewed friendships with several folks who had attended the Gettysburg Glidden. Now we were one of the gang. In 2009, we decided to change things up a bit and took our 1913 Buick touring. Again, everybody was so friendly. We made several close friends and had a blast with that old car. By now touring had worked its way into our blood. Now that touring was in our blood, we just couldn’t bear to miss a Glidden tour and really looked forward to the next Tour, so off we went to Golden, CO in 2010 with our ‘35. Again, a wonderful tour and well done by the Denver folks. In 2011, we again took our ’35, only due to the mountains, and I thought that 4-wheeled brakes as much better in the mountains than the Brass cars. Cumberland, MD was a huge tour and well run. 2012 was the year of our marathon touring. Besides the Glidden in Texas, where we took the 1913 Buick, we did 6 other tours. I was now retired and ready to take whatever car was first in the garage and off we went. By the end of the season, we were toured out but antsy for 2013. Off we went again in 2013, doing tours from Florida to Vermont, mostly in the 1913 Buick. All but Chattanooga, again mountains and 4-wheeled brakes seemed the thing to do, so we took the 1935 Ford. 2014 was the year of the Brass tours and we did 4 tours that year with the 1912 Flanders. The little car had a mind of its own, but we had a good time touring even though it was so small 3 bottles of water filled the only empty space available. All in all the Glidden Tours have become a part of our travel in retirement and we have made many close friends. So we are changing it up a bit more this year and have our 1914 Buick, which is tour proven and should serve us nicely this year.


May 2017 Newsletter:
Bill Moore

The car pictured here is a 1934 Plymouth Sedan. My father purchased this car in 1974, as a very worn and tired project car. While the body was solid, the drive-train was seized. So the car was completely disassembled, and a street rod conversion was begun. My father had never built a street rod before, and I was only 5 years old, so this car served as our "text book" on how to work on cars. There was a lot of trial and error for sure. The car was put on the road around 1978, and was painted the black and gold you see in the picture around 1982. The car was driven about 10,000 miles until 1997. At that time, my father's health was deteriorating, and the car was parked in a garage where it sat, untouched, until 2012. In 2012, I pulled the car from its storage, and rebuilt the fuel and brake systems, as well as replacing hoses, belts, tires, and gaskets. I drove the old Plymouth around 1500 miles, and then in November of 2015, I tore the front of the car down to fix some nagging steering and suspension issues. I had planned to have the car back on the road in spring of 2016, but it actually took until October 2016 to rework the chassis and correct all the issues (the more I dug, the more problems I found). The car still looks like it did back in 1982. There is a 30 plus year patina on the chrome and paint, but now it runs and drives much better than it ever did.


April 2017 Newsletter:
Chuck & Audrey Storm

Here is one that was not put away for the winter. It is in Florida! It is a 1978 Benelli Mo-Ped. made in Italy.the company was started in Pesaro,Italy in 1911 as a garage and built their first model in 1920. We bought it in 1997 at a Auction in Lancaster County. Brought it to Florida and has been used ever since. We got more than our money worth out of it.


March 2017 Newsletter:
Jerry & Eleanor Parsons

For a Christmas present in 2012 Brigid Parsons gave her husband Brian a ticket to the Barrett Jackson car Auction in Scottsdale Arizona. Her mother-in-law Eleanor Parsons also decided to give Brian’s father, Jerry, a ticket as well to keep Brian company. What a mistake!! The two had so much fun at the auction that they are not allowed to go anymore. They came home with three cars. A 1969 GTO that was owned by Alice Cooper, a Shelby Cobra Kit car, and this 1920 Hudson Touring car that was part of the featured car exhibit at the show. This 1920 Hudson was a Muscle Car in its time because it had a Super-Six 76 horsepower motor which was designed by Hudson for the army tanks of WWI. The huge in-line 6 was so large that Hudson had to beef up the car frame just to handle the weight! At the time the Fords and Chevy had around 25 HP so the 6-cylinder Hudson’s ate them up. It was rumored that many police cars couldn’t catch the Super-Six! In fact, the 1920 Hudson held many speed records for years. Base price of the Touring car was around $2,000. This car is from the west coast and has been part of collections for years. Also, this car has been part of the 2009 and 2010 Mozart Tours traveling 500 miles per rally. So the Parsons are glad to bring this gem back to the east coast and especially Chester County and the CCACC!! You can see this car around the area especially at CTDI’s annual company car show in early September at CTDI’s headquarters in West Chester. CCACC members are welcome to join in the fun and BBQ. Of course bring your cars!!!!


February 2017 Newsletter:
Bill Moore

My first car in 1985 was a 1969 Dodge Charger, red, with a 318 V8. My father and I painted that car, and later I sold it to my father so I could buy the 69 Charger pictured here in 1986. This car was a 78,000 mile, two owner (2nd owner bought it in 1971), 318, AC with console shift car, that was green on green. My father and I tore the car down upon purchase (paid $900 for it!), and immediately repainted it the Dark Metallic Blue that is seen in the picture from my wedding in 1996. In 1997, the car was repainted again, and this time the color chosen was black with a red RT style stripe, which it still wears. The original engine was pretty used up when I got it, so a September 15, 1969 dated 383 Magnum found its way under the hood. I still own this car today, and have driven it about 60,000 miles in the last 30 years (including almost 3,000 miles this year alone). It’s a great running and driving car, and although it is showing its age in quite a few ways, I still look forward to climbing behind the wheel and going for a drive.


January 2017 Newsletter:
Mark Cursey

This is our 1961 Corvair Lakewood 700 Station Wagon. We have the history of ownership back to about 1976. In 1976 it was titled in Enola PA and then in 1992 it was sold by the Corvair Ranch in Harrisburg to a CCACC member. The wagon was kept in Downingtown and was a member’s car for many years. We purchased the car in October of 2013 and became members of CCACC shortly after that. Many members may recognize this car from club events or local shows over the years since the wagon has been in the CCACC for about 25 years!

The Corvair Wagon was offered for two years (61/62) and was built on the same platform as the sedans. The roof line, windows, rear interior and engine dipstick (filler) are the only major differences from the 4 door sedan. The wagon has an air cooled 6 cylinder (horizontally-opposed) engine sized at 145 cu in and rated at 80 hp. This one is a 2 speed Powerglide and has the high end trim package (700 series). It is mostly original except the engine block, interior upholstery, roof liner and some maintenance items. It has been repainted but with a very good color match of the factory Roman Red. The wagon is fun to drive and the Corvair stories we hear at events are always comical. The most commonly heard comment is “I never knew Chevy made a Corvair wagon”. Driving down the road we always get lots of thumbs up!


November 2016 Newsletter:
Jack Denton

I bought the car four years ago from a gentleman in Nazareth PA. It is an unrestored original with some possible paint work. It now has a little over 39,000 miles. The interior is original and the rear seat has a very high quality seat cover from new. Being a Century it has the Roadmaster eight cylinder engine with 320 cubic inches and 141 horsepower. Century Buicks carried that name as they were certified to achieve 100 mph.


October 2016 Newsletter:
Lisa & Bud Tarr

I don't know a lot about cars, but I know that starting with my first Oldsmobile, a 1976 Starfire, I became a huge Olds fan. I went on to own a 1988 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera International Series and a 1999 Oldsmobile Intrigue. I was devastated when it was announced that the Oldsmobile line was going to be discontinued. Fast forward to the CCACC meeting in September 2015. Jerry Schneider was there, and he mentioned a 1970 Oldsmobile convertible for sale. When I asked him a few questions about the car after the meeting, he told me he had already given the owner's information to Bud! We were fortunate enough to be able to buy my Delta 88 from its original owner. He took us for a ride before we bought it, and believe it or not, that was my first ever ride in a convertible with the top down. Now it's my car! Cross that one off the bucket list!


September 2016 Newsletter:
Jack Denton

I bought this motorcycle from a long time friend of mine a few years ago. As with all my antique vehicles it is used regularly. It is restored and is a Hershey senior winner. It has a 45 cubic inch engine and runs along comfortably at 45 to 50 mph.


August 2016 Newsletter:
John Waltz

I purchased the truck in the mid sixties from Ed Botto of Coatesville. He bought the truck from Coatesville Country Club. No-one seems to know how or when the dump truck arrived at the club. The best guess is it was a donation from a member in the thirties. The only thing missing was the doors. I put an ad in the C & D, National Chevy Magazine which sent me to Brooklyn, N.Y. to a junk yard that had a pair of doors. Now it was a complete truck. I listed it for sale – No interest – It then became a permanent addition to the barn. This year it went to its first outing at the steam reunion at Rough & Tumble where many of the construction men used it to haul dirt. Hard to believe since it is a hand crank dump truck.


July 2016 Newsletter:
Michael Piscotty

Hello, I’d like you all to meet “SASHA”. I named her this because I thought she looked so sassy. I saw her the first time in a picture, like some of us did, and I said I just have to go and see her. I traveled down to Kentucky and after several brief moments of gazing at her, I said I had to bring her home with me. Her prior caretaker said she would do 10.90s in the ¼ mile. I thought at the time that this was just another one of those tall tales, you know, like how big the fish was that you caught that day. Well, even if that was partially true, she would still be able to beat a brand new vette in a straight line. When her engine started, my heart felt the excitement and I knew we were going to be together for long time. When she arrived at her new home, I did a title search and found out that she had been with 6 gents (me being one of them) in 7 months (slut?). Each person though must have done their little something in making her the lady she is today. She has larger lifters, a new welded exhaust, new electric fans to keep her engine cool and brake systems completely redone. I suspect she has a high performance cam as well. I was impressed. She now resides on a lift that I bought just to keep her happy. I have rebuilt or replaced all of her front end. I added a dual master cylinder, new brake lines and will be adding power steering. As you can see, her headlight is drooping on one side so I’m going to add my personal touch to get both lights up at the same time when I flip on the switch. She has been modified to be a Pro Street looker. No I don’t mean a lady of the evening but one which has a big fat beautiful rear end. That’s what turned me on! Sorry, guys….you can look but no touching. I haven’t enhanced her interior yet but I can see that none of her recent men have done so either. I actually feel somewhat inadequate in this area. But as we all know, when we start a new relationship, we have to work at it to make it better. It’s going to take a bit more time to get her in shape and off to the cosmetic salon but she will be worth all the time spent on her. I hope when you see her you will stare at her for a long time. Don’t worry, you won’t be able to tell she’s embarrassed because that will be the color of her high gloss makeup.


June 2016 Newsletter:
Lou Mandich

Patina is a 1918 Buick E45 Touring Car. She was actually a stable mate of my driver quality 1918 Buick that I bought in 2007. The previous owner’s father had started to restore this car while driving the one I had purchased. He never finished it- and though I was offered both cars by his son in 2007- I couldn’t afford them. Then – in the fall of 2011 I heard a rod knock in my 1918 Buick while driving back from Auburn heights- and so I assumed the worst. I called the owner and asked if the project car was still available- it was- and he offered it to me and would deliver it for a fair price- so I bought it. Meanwhile –we discovered that the oil starvation problem that had caused #5 rod bearing to fail was a small piece of Teflon tape that had wiggled loose and had jammed the winker oil indicator. Furthermore; the rod bearing needed new Babbitt bearings but the crankshaft was quite round enough and undamaged- so we sent the rod away to be re-babbitted and put it in Buick #1 and all was well again. BUT- what to do about Buick #2? We had already mounted the body on the frame and got it to run- when Irenee duPont saw it and offered to rent Buick #2 for use at Granogue for “Jalopy Tours”. As I had no place to keep it- I agreed but said that – since it was being kept in such elegant quarters- no rent was necessary as he was providing storage- so we exchange imaginary checks every month. We named it Patina and over the past few years I have added lights, a horn, feed sack upholstery-- and a PA Antique plate and insurance – so now Patina is street legal.


April and May 2016 Newsletter:
Steve Crum

I have been a member of the club for a little over a year. This is my 1964 M38A1. I bought it about a year and a half ago. My son Tanner and I have been lovingly replacing all the systems, wiring, braking and steering to make this a safe driver. He is learning to drive the stick shift as well. I don't have a lot of information of where this vehicle might have served other than only the Marines were still buying this model by 1964. The Army had switched to M151 Mutt. There were no data plates but the Vin number is in line with the engine number. It appears that the engine is original. It would have come with a 24v electrical system. A previous owner converted it to 12v. The CJ5 was the civilian version. The M38A1 had a heavier suspension and frame as well as other additions. My first Jeep was a 1958 CJ5 that was also my first vehicle. I bought it just before my 16th birthday in 1972 with $500 of hard earned grass cutting and snow shoveling money. I drove it through High School and then moved on to another vehicle that had a heater. I did spend as much time under the 58' as driving her. I painted her bright orange and put a new black soft top on. I was never in the service but, my father was a WWII vet who served in Europe. I had a Great Aunt that was a Major in the WACCs on Eisenhower's staff and a Great Uncle that was a WWI vet. As with many of these older vehicles we are just caretakers of a piece of history. Many thanks to all who have served.


March 2016 Newsletter:
Bill Weber

I have had this car for over 20 years and it was my first collector vehicle. I had a 1940 tudor sedan in high school but always wanted the convertible but couldn’t afford it. I found this one in Grand Rapids Michigan in dire need of attention but I decided to take on my first amateur restoration project. So I bought it, towed it home, and have been working on it since. First job was to split it and replace the rusted floor pans and from there on it has undergone a metamorphosis but still all original with all steel body and overhauled drive train. Has all L/B top and interior and much monetary investment along with my labor. I am fortunate to be able to own many other cars but this one has nostalgic value for me. Lou Mandich even added a couple small welding jobs recently to pretty much finish the project.


February 2016 Newsletter:
Walter & Jeanette Kramer

We purchased our 1950 Ford two door sedan in the summer. It was previously owned by Dean Jones. This is not a show car, we are using it as a daily driver. Looking forward to driving it and having fun.


January 2016 Newsletter:
Russ Swallow

In the summer of 1963 while vacationing in Atlantic City with my family, I came to admire a car that I knew I would want later in life. Each year General Motors showcased their new automobiles in a display on Steel Pier. When I sat in the driver’s seat of the NEW 1963 Buick Riviera I felt like a pilot in the cockpit of a jet. This car had unique lines, designs and styling which were ahead of their time and still look great today. Being one of General Motors' most striking post-war designs, this new personal luxury car began as a tribute to the La Salle brand, spearheaded by a pair of miniature La Salle grilles on the front of the fenders. The car was originally dubbed "La Salle II." The new Riviera’s target was Ford's full-figured, but still-sporty and very successful, Thunderbird. The car was intended as General Motors' answer to the Thunderbird and was priced about $80 less, but the buyer got so much more. The plan from the beginning was to build 40,000 cars a year, which Buick did in 1963. The Riviera is equipped with Buick’s 401 c.i. Nailhead Wildcat 445 engine which produces 325 hp. It features a high level of standard equipment, which includes a V-8 engine, automatic transmission, power steering, power brakes, front and rear bucket seats with soft vinyl upholstery, full wheel covers, carpeting, a fully lined trunk, and much more. Cost New - $4,333. I purchased this car in late August, 2015 after my brother and I drove halfway between Erie and Buffalo to a town along Lake Erie called Fredonia, NY. I had asked my brother to help do something and he replied “What Now!”. Hopeann proclaimed that the new name of the car.


November 2015 Newsletter:
Ed Hilbush

I always wanted a brass era Model T. While attending Lou Mandich Chester County historical show in April this year, I asked if he knew of any around the area. Well he did and gave me the phone # of the widow of George Knox, who was a long time member. She had one of George’s T, a 1914 touring. Well we started negotiations and I finally bought the car on August 6. With help from Danny Mowery, Paul Nelson and Bob Bruce we went to the Knox home and loaded the car in the trailer. Three days later we went around the block and off we went. The T needs a little attention like transmission bands and various other small items but all in all I think I got a great car with local history. Even Anne was excited about the first drive. Well, at least I think she was.


October 2015 Newsletter:
Bud & Lisa Tarr

Our first introduction to “Marooned” was in the early Fall of 2010. Jack Robinson, who has been a good friend for many, many years, called me and said he had something I might be interested in. He proceeded to tell me he had this ‘50 Ford that he had picked up and after he got it home, he found he was getting a little cramped for space, and he asked if I would have an interest. Well, I kicked it around in my mind for a little while and then we went over to see it. Well, the visual was love at first sight, and the ride just confirmed it. We came home the proud new “caretakers” of “Marooned” – all 100 hp of her Flathead V8, her fancy crushed velvet custom seat covers, her side pipes (which are hooked up), aftermarket 56 Olds spinner hub caps and skirts, and last but not least, her paint which is a 1984 GM color along with pin striping and her name on both front fenders. Lisa and I have had and continue to have a great time sharing our charge. We have met and continue to meet really great people who share a common joy – preserving a piece of history that, when behind the wheel or just riding in, takes us back to a time when things were a lot simpler.


September 2015 Newsletter:
George Beebe, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

I am the original owner of this stunning example of a Schwinn mountain bike. 12 gears and hand brakes with a steel frame, I purchased this beauty in 1989 in Oxnard (more than just a pretty name) California from the dealer right off the showroom floor! I chose the Schwinn metal flake blue which is the universal color for boys. Not highly optioned, I added aftermarket accessories to make this baby mine! They included a kickstand and a water bottle holder. Riding it a very short time after buying it, I realized that the cargo space was very limited (I wrote to Schwinn complaining that their engineers should have thought of this issue) so I was forced to add an under seat saddle bag which has since been removed due to poor quality issues. This bike is loaded with all the safety features of the era including reflectors front and back and the latest life saving feature of the time – reflectors built into the pedals! I toyed with the notion of adding fenders but thought at the time (and still do today) that the addition of fenders would wreck the sleek lines of this classic vehicle. It has only about 500 miles on it, having used it in California for two years mostly as a daily driver back and forth to the office. Returning to Pennsylvania in 1991 caused the bike to sit in the garage unused (have you ever tried to safely ride on the Chester County roads?) for 19 years. Once we moved to Florida in 2010, I performed a total frame on restoration involving wiping the frame off, WD40 on all moving parts, new tires and tubes and a new seat. Tires and tubes were dry rotted and the seat, while still looking and feeling the same as ever, became very uncomfortable over the years. I think the Schwinn folks cut corners on the seat! I added an aftermarket “cushioned” seat that is quite a bit nicer when riding. Unfortunately, this is the only classic currently in the stable right now but I am ever hopeful that an old woody will join this one someday.


August 2015 Newsletter:
Jim Mattia

I bought my 1951 Ford Shoebox in upper New York in the middle of November 2014. Had it shipped down in the next few days. Car is a little on the rough side. I put new bumpers front and rear & all new chrome on the front. Changed headlights to halogen black dot, with turn signals in the headlights. Added new Eagle GT tires on the rear. I had 1964 Buick Skylark spinner hub caps which I put on and really looks good. I put new door glass and hood and door poppers. Changed manual brakes to power brakes, Cadillac booster and Caddy brake pedal and Corvette dual port master cylinder and new brake lines. Changed column shifter to floor shifter with center console. I am now installing power steering.


July 2015 Newsletter:
Wayne and Gay Davison

This is our 1972 Lincoln Mk IV. This car was originally sold in Adel, Iowa. It has travelled only 67,000 miles. The paint is mostly original save a repair to the right rear quarter panel at one point. It is finished in a fairly rare color of Pastel Lime with a completely original dark green cloth interior. These Lincoln MK IV's came with a host of standard equipment including Climate Control, Cruise Control, as well as power steering, brakes, windows, seats, and antenna. This car also has the optional Auto Dimming Headlamps and Am Stereo Radio with 8 Track Player. We have enjoyed driving the Lincoln to a number of shows locally including Hershey last October where it received the HPOF Award. By far our most memorable trip was when we entered our Lincoln in the Hemmings Concours d'Elegance held in Saratoga Springs, N. Y. last September winning first place in the preservation class! The picture shows Gay in line for the award. We were also quite proud when MC and host, Ed Lucas, chose our Lincoln to ride back from the rally and luncheon held at beautiful Lake George. Apparently Ed has owned several of the MK's over the years! You probably know Ed as he does the commentary for many of the big auctions including Barrett Jackson. We drove the Lincoln to and from Saratoga Springs and it performed beautifully. We look forward to attending many shows with it again this year.


June 2015 Newsletter:
2015 Kimberton Car Show

Our annual car show held Sunday, May 24th was a huge success. Weather was perfect, volunteers did an excellent job and we had 397cars and that was only on our side of the field. The VFMC club had 272 Mustangs. A big thank you to David Shingle, Car Show Chairman, Kevin & Nancy Stevenson, Pre-Registration and Joe & Nancy Toner & their committee, Day Of Show Registration. Those parking the show cars moved the cars right along and space was getting short. Our fellows controlled the spectator parking and handed out the sponsor books. Thanks to Bill Campbell for stepping in toward the end and saving us with getting several ads for the Sponsor Book. Impossible to name everyone that worked so hard to make the day go smooth, but you all know who you are and it was much appreciated. All in all it was a great show and thanks to Rich Parson, Hugh Purnell & Jack Stretch for supplying the photos for the cover and the newsletter.


May 2015 Newsletter:
1967 Beetle - David & Denine Summers

My name is Bailey and here is my story. I was purchased new July 31, 1967 at Pitcarin Volkswagen Morrisville, PA by Mr. and Mrs. Lyman G. Schermerhorn, Jr. of Morrisville, PA. Serial Number 117789010 VW 113 Sedan Ruby Red. I spent most of my life in the Morrisville area owned and maintained my Mr. Schermerhorn. Pitcairn VW did most all my normal maintenance and repairs throughout the years. Mr. and Mrs. Schermerhorn also owned a VW bus at one point in time. I had an unfortunate fender bender on the left front which cost Mr. S $1,130.00 to repair in November of 1972. Son James Schermerhorn and his wife Beverly of Downingtown took title to me in November of 1994 at 42,213 miles and I stayed with them in their barn while Jim drove and worked on me when he had the opportunity, but I had to share the barn with Jim’s Austin Healy, but that was OK. In September 24, 2005 at 44,111 miles David and Denine Summers purchased me from James and Beverly Schermerhorn, and registered the V.W. Beetle as an Antique. After several months of reviewing the condition of the vehicle it was decided that we would proceed with a full authentic restoration of Bailey. The 40K original miles had been fully documented by state inspection receipts. After the restoration Bailey returned to the road in the summer of 2008. On July 26th 2008, I attended my first carshow, The York County VW & SPVWC 6th Annual Summer Sizzle and I took Best in Show peoples choice.


April 2015 Newsletter:
1957 Chevy - Jack & Joyce Wright

Finally winter is gone and it is car show season. Time to get those antique/classic cars on the road, and ready for our show. Our show is a lot of work and takes a lot of members to step up and volunteer to make it easier on everyone. Car show flyer in this newsletter; put yours in the mail today.


March 2015 Newsletter:
1969 PONTIAC FIREBIRD - Jim Mattia, Jr.

I bought this 1969 Pontiac Firebird T-Roof in Delaware in 1980. It was in gray primer and had a locked up 350 engine which I knew I could rebuild. I rebuilt the 350 and installed it in my son’s 1969 LoMons convertible which he is still driving. We painted the Firebird in 1983, flat yellow and had it pinstriped in 1984. The Firebird has had many engines, a 389, two 400’s and a 350. In l987 I installed a 1971 Olds 455 and it was there until 2006, when I changed engine one more time, a 1968 Cadillac 500 engine and as of today it is still there. Over time I put an Olds Hurst, T-Top, a trans and shaker hood scoop and front spoiler. It has power steering and power brakes. Car runs excellent and it is a daily driver in the summer.


February 2015 Newsletter:
1958 AUSTIN HEALEY BUG EYE SPRITE - Paula & Jim Bewley

I bought this Sprite in Aston PA in 2007 from another contractor I met on a house remodeling job in Swarthmore. I was looking for a smaller project after the 1932 Chevy was finally done. The Bug Eye was rough, but still a good example of a 1958 which was the first year for this model. It was one of the first cars made with a uni-body construction. The cars body # 8283 shows that it was the first car off the assembly line available with a hard top. Other than that claim to fame it is just another fun little car to try to enter or exit with two knee replacements! I spent six years restoring the car. It has a whopping 43 hp engine with 4 speed trans. It could hold its own against most of the tricycles in the 4th of July Malvern parade. We have the AACA Senior Award and Concourse Healey Bronze so far. Like any of our cars, the best time spent is behind the wheel.


January 2015 Newsletter:
1973 Mustang Convertible - Natalie Gomez

When Ford announced the 1973 Mustang would be the last convertible, I had to have one, however, financially, it was not a good decision at that time, but that did not stop me, I ordered my 1973 Conv., Bright Green Gold Metallic, Black Top & Interior. Power front disc brakes, power top with glass backlite, color keyed carpeting, knitted vinyl bucket seats, 302 8 cyl. eng. were std., and my options included auto. trans., GR78x14 WSW radial tires, convenience group, power steering, console, deluxe Bumper group, AM radio, protection group, color keyed racing mirrors and wheel covers. Sticker Price $4,037.69. Dealer cost $3,491.76. Back in those years so many customers felt the dealer was making so much money on a car and had a large mark up, and as you can see on this car, mark up around $500.00. My invoice to purchase the car was $3,560.00 which included undercoating done at the dealership. I got involved with First Pa. Mustang Club in 1976 and drove to Coopersburg, Pa., once a month for the meetings. A lot of fun times and fond memories plus many friends. In 1981 Dick Matthews, owner of Matthews Ford in Paoli phoned to see if I had any interest in pursuing MCA to obtain a charter as a Regional group in our area. Seven or eight of us met in his basement for a few months and started to get the word out and VFMC was formed.


November 2014 Newsletter:
1868 Built by James F. Hill (Submitted By: Chuck Storm)

This vehicle was built by 13 year old James F. Hill of Fleetwood, Bucks County, Pa. It was first powered with a steam engine. It was replaced by a one cylinder converted steam engine to a gasoline engine which he was granted US pat #711.628. The car was banned from the streets of Fleetwood because of the fear of such an unconventional vehicle. Since the one cylinder had trouble negotiating the hills around Fleetwood, he installed a converted steam to gasoline 2 cylinder that is still in it today. The State Bureau of Motor Vehicles has issued a certificate of title covering what appears to be the oldest gasoline motor vehicle in the United States and perhaps the world. In an affidavit made before Charles V. Glynn, Notary Public, of Fleetwood, Hill declares he built the car in 1868 and asserts that about 1905 he received State Permit #56 allowing him to drive the car for which he paid $2.00. The vehicle is housed at the “Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles”, 85 South Walnut St., Boyertown, Pa., Phone 610-367-2090. If you visit the museum, look at the sewing machine steering wheel, the cooling system and farm equipment parts in its construction.


October 2014 Newsletter:
1932 Chevrolet BA Confederate Cabriolet-Paula & Jim Bewley

I purchased this project car from Ed’s used Cabriolet sales right here in West Chester in 1985. How hard could it be to restore a car??? I used to make car models as a kid. With no idea how to approach a restoration project like this, I dismantled the entire car. There were cans & cans of nuts & bolts, brake parts, bearings, etc. with no labels or photo’s. The frame was bent, most of the wood was rotted and the sheet metal rusted thru in many areas. I had a photo of a Cabriolet and could see what a beautiful car it would be, so I decided to accept the challenge. Model cars are much easier. My father gave me this advice when I got my drivers license. Cars are for transportation only. If you want or use them for anything else, you will never have a dollar in your pocket for anything else. Sorry Dad! The Chevy was originally made at the GM plant in Argentina. It was a right hand drive car converted to left hand prior to our ownership. Out of the 323,100 1932 Chevy’s built, 7066 were Cabriolets. The down draft carburetor was new in 1932. The 60 horsepower 6 cyl. engine has a lot of pep. I spent over 20 years searching for parts, researching and taking photo’s of other Cabriolets. The car was completed in 2005. It was displayed at the Phila. Auto Show, which was fun. With the help of the Hilbush’s, and the Mowery’s we went to Greensburg, Pa., Warren, Ohio, Dover, De., and the Gilmore museum. We have awards including Senior Grand National and received the President Cup Award in 2006. We thoroughly enjoy driving the car to Hershey or anywhere else for that matter. Honk when you go by. We may just wave back. The horn doesn’t work, but please don’t tell the judges.


September 2014 Newsletter:
1956 Austin Healey BN2 (Healey 100)-Paula & Jim Bewley

I purchased this car in the car corral at Hershey in 1999. While driving it home via the turnpike, the linkage stuck taking me up close to 100 mph. I put it in neutral and turned off the key as I coasted to the shoulder. All the linkage looked dry, so I pulled the oil dipstick and used the oil to coat everything. That solved the problem and it has proven to be a reliable, enjoyable car ever since. This body style was introduced in 1953. Production for the 1956 year was 4,034. The “100” cars had a windscreen that could be placed at a much lower angle for racing. From 1957 thru the end of production in 1967 the windscreens were not moveable. The A.K. 3000 was the most popular model made. Our car has standard 4 cyl., 96 hp. Engine, 4 speed trans.with an electric overdrive. We enjoy driving it all year with the top down, of course, you can’t beat the back roads of Chester County.


August 2014 Newsletter:
1957 CHEVY TOWNSMAN-Tom & Barb Buddenhagen

We recently acquired 1957 Chevy Townsman. Purchased from the Hershey Museum in December. It was a donated car that had only two previous owners. The car has only 50,xxx miles and runs well. It had a restoration in 2005 and was repainted the original color. We have had front power brakes and steering installed and upgraded the badly worn out interior. Hopefully the Townsman will be ready for spring.


July 2014 Newsletter:
1929 SPRINGFIELD ROLLS-ROYCE SUBURBAN

Thanks to his generosity, I have been the caretaker of Bob Ferguson’s Rolls- Royce Suburban since we took it out of long term storage and revived it in 2001. Before Hershey, the AACA held its shows at the Devon Horse Show grounds. This car was at the show and took second in its class, as I discovered about 5 years ago while looking through an old Antique Automobile magazine which covered the show. I had already found the windshield card (#225) in the car while cleaning it up. In 1953 my parents surprised me by taking my sister and I to the Devon show. I never forgot it and was forever hooked on Antique cars. I assumed I must have seen the Rolls- Royce that day but didn’t recall it after a day of stimulation recalled nearly 50 years later. Only recently- while looking through old photographs at my parent’s home did I find there were photos taken at that event. Imagine my surprise when I ran across this one… It shows my sister and me in front of this very car 59 years ago. I have to thank my parents and later my wife for their indulgence. A lifelong hobby and a retirement career have been possible largely due to their forbearance, tolerance and encouragement.

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June 2014 Newsletter:
1929 SPRINGFIELD ROLLS-ROYCE SUBURBAN

Rolls- Royce of America produced their cars in Springfield, Massachusetts from 1920 through 1931 producing both their late Silver Ghosts and Phantom I chassis there. They were- of course- luxury cars and they did not sell complete cars. Customers would order a chassis and have it sent to a body maker (often Brewster of New York) who would produce the body and install the body on the chassis. The Phantom I was a huge car; with a 6 cylinder engine with dual ignition system; the Springfield cars had left hand drive and a 3 speed transmission.


May 2014 Newsletter:
1928 ESSEX: Owners – Ed & Anne Hilbush

Part 2:  Fast forward 12 years to the garage at Ed and Anne Hilbush. We shoved the car between trailers one of the 3 garages until I got serious about finishing the 1928 Essex 2 door sedan. As you can see she sports a new paint job and we are in the process of installing a new wiring harness and soon I hope to be on the road in this lovely little car. When I bought her I thought it would be a good retirement project.  Well I guess it is but now that I'm getting more serious about finishing her I find it is so cold in the shop I just couldn't get the bones going to work in the cold shop so she slid another 6 months.  But THIS SUMMER ..........


April 2014 Newsletter:
1928 ESSEX: Owners – Ed & Anne Hilbush
Several years ago, I purchased this 1928 Essex to restore, however it soon turned into a parts car for the 1928 Essex I am restoring at this time. Sometimes it takes two old cars to make one good old car. I am about 85% finished with the restoration and hopefully you will be seeing the finished product on the cover of a future News & Views this year.

March 2014 Newsletter:
1968 BUICK SKYLARK: Owners – Tom & Barb Buddenhagen
This is our 1968 Buick Skylark Custom Convertible. We had a 1956 Buick that I sold to get something with a few more amenities. Had a hard time finding a convertible with a/c, ps, pb affordable and a true classic. Found this car on Craigslist in New Jersey. It needed a little work and although we all knows cars are a work in progress ours is close to where we want it to be. It now has all the amenities my wife or I wanted and is a good cruiser. We have tried to keep it era appropriate and very close to stock.

February 2014 Newsletter:
1950 PLYMOUTH BUSINESS COUPE: Owner – Russ Swallow
I spotted this car parked in a driveway while travelling south of Landenberg, PA back in 2005. It was painted Plum Crazy Purple and looked in good shape. Always being a fan of Mopars from the late forties to the early fifties, I asked a friend of mine who lived in the area to investigate whether the car was for sale; it was. We went over to look at the car and found that the body was taken off of the frame and put on a Monte Carlo chassis with a 350 Chevy engine and transmission. The firewall, floor and wheel wells were all cut to make it fit. The owner still had the original frame so we agreed on a price and I brought it home...

January 2014 Newsletter:
1929 MODEL A FORD ROADSTER P/U: Owners – JoAnn & Howard Arnold
Recently acquired, 1929 Model A Ford Roadster Pickup. Purchased this summer in Douglassville Township from an estate sale. Basically in original condition with the exception of hydraulic brakes and a 6 Volt alternator. We named her Elsie Evans after our mothers who are aged 99 & 91. This winter she will go up on jack stands and be gone over from front to back. Hopefully, she will be ready for club runs in the Spring of 2014. Note: Our thanks to Chuck Storm who knew of the truck and mentioned it at a general meeting this summer.
 

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